Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Amy Pascal has broken her silence on the recent Sony hacking. From upcoming films to employee information being leaked, it’s an attack that doesn’t seem to be letting up. At the center of the hacking, Pascal’s personal emails have gathered a lot of media attention.
Sony recently shut down filming on current projects, and North Korea is believed to be behind the attacks. However, no one from Sony has been too vocal on addressing those embarrassing emails that were made public… until now. Amy Pascal spoke with Deadline about the situation just a few days ago.
“I didn’t want to talk before. I didn’t want to make this about me. Everyone at this company has been violated and nobody here deserved this.” Pascal explained her silence on the leak. “Then the most hurt email came out… I’m so disappointed in myself, that I ever would have had such a lapse in my thinking.”
Pascal also said that she was deeply embarrassed by her email regarding President Barack Obama where a series of messages were exchanged with Hollywood producer Scott Rudin.
In one exchange, he suggests the African-American leader is a fan of Kevin Hart’s movie Ride Along, writing, “I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”
Pascal and Rudin also joked about the President’s preference for movies about African-Americans. Pascal asked, “Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?”
Rudin replied, “12 YEARS (a Slave).”
Rudin has since apologized for the messages leaked involving him. Rudin’s statement said, “I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive – and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.”
As far as apologies from Pascal, she did note that she had called Rev. Al Sharpton and that she hopes they can use this opportunity to make things better.
“I’ll apologize to everybody, every day, but I have to run this company. That means taking care of the employees here, and so I have to be strong because I have a big company here. The truth is, all anyone is talking about are these e-mails.” Pascal commented “It is important not to forget that a crime was committed, and that this is the new way of the world.”
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